The website looked authentic enough.
It listed the doctor's name and professional experience, it showed his office banner, and even included the doctor's reviews of some of his patients.
"Not so sudden death," one review stated. "Not my problem," said another. "Deal with it, junkie," and "kicked to the curb," other comments trumpeted.
The website also included an "about us" section for patients: "We recognize that this may be a stressful time for you, so we will do everything possible to make sure that we maximize your pain and suffering."
When a patient spotted the doctor's blunt reviews on the website and contacted him, the ruse was over, said Sgt. Gary Spurger of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's High Tech Crimes Unit.
Now, 33-year-old Vector Thorn, a former patient of the doctor, is in custody and charged with felony online impersonation.
"He (Thorn) has an IT background and designed a website that looked like the doctor's," said Spurger, who declined to release the name of the physician. He would only say that he is a laparoscopic surgeon who practices in the FM 1960-Interstate 45 area of north Harris County.
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Thirty-three-year-old Vector Thorn is in custody and charged with felony online impersonation. Thorn, a former patient of a Houston-area laparoscopic surgeon, was dissatisfied with the doctor and decided to put his information technology skills to work. He purchased the domain name - it was almost identical to the doctor's site - about a year ago and allegedly developed a bogus site that went "live" about a month ago.